A retired engineer in Zhengzhou, Henan province has spent the past five years building a replica of a helicopter. It can’t fly, but damn it, it’s going places.
Yuan Jingying lovingly named his chopper replica the “Chinese Dream” (i.e. “China’s Dream“), which, like the dreams of many a pioneering countryman before him, was accomplished with a little determination, some hard work and a lot of wood.
The computer-controlled helicopter-vehicle even has its own AC system installed!
The vehicle is 12.5 meters long, 2.8 meters high, and essentially the most crucial difference between this replica and a real helicopter is that it can’t take off…but no matter. The driver can still cruise around on the streets at a fast and furious 75 km/hour.
Humble craftsman Yuan said he just hopes he can use the vehicle to pick his grandson up from school and travel with his mother around China.
Previously on Shanghaiist:
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Liaoning farmer builds functional model of Soviet-era tank